Examine the short-term and long-term impact of speed of processing training on cognitive performance in older adults.Study Design
Randomly assigned, 2-group experimental design with assessment periods at baseline, immediately after training, and at 2 subsequent annual points.Setting
Older adults (N = 159) with speed of processing impairments.Interventions
Speed of processing training group or a social contact Internet control group. Participants in both groups received approximately ten 1-hr training sessions.Main Outcome Measures
Speed of processing training resulted in improved performance on two measures of information processing (Useful Field of View and the Starry Night tests).Conclusions
Speed of processing training produced significant processing speed improvement that was robust over a 2-year period.